Apple won't apologize for killing the music album -- but it will try to make things right.
The tech giant that conditioned consumers to buy tracks one-by-one is reportedly in talks with four record labels to boost sales of digital albums on its iTunes music store.
Apple has been developing a new way to bundle liner notes and other interactive elements with downloads, and hopes to "re-create the heyday of the album when you would sit around with your friends looking at the artwork, while you listened to the music,” one music executive in-the-know told the Financial Times.
The software lets users play video, read lyrics, and listen to album tracks on an interactive "book" -- all without needing to return to iTunes.
“It’s not just a bunch of PDFs,” one executive said.
Separately, the company will release a tablet-sized computer -- with a touch-screen up to 10 inches diagonally -- by Christmas, insiders told the Times.
Now if they could only bring back the boombox.